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Minister Needs To 'Give Answers' On Data Breach - SF

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8:24 AM - 18 Aug 2019



Sinn Féin is calling on the Social Protection Minister to speak out on the Public Services Card controversy.

Regina Doherty has come under fire after the Data Protection Commission found the card is in breach of data protection laws.

It says any data illegally held by the State for over 3.2 million cardholders has to be destroyed.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection John Brady is calling on the Minister to give some answers.

He says the minister needs to break her silence, commits to implementing the report's finding in full and explains who gave the go-ahead on the expansion of the card's use.

The card is most commonly used by people to access social welfare payments but is also required for services form other departments such as first-time passport and driving licence applications.

In the report released on Friday, the watchdog said it has no issue with the Department of Social Protection (DEASP) processing personal data on the card so that it can be used to claim social welfare.

However, it said it objects strongly to the information being processed by other state agencies - a situation which the commission says is in breach of data protection laws.

It means most state bodies will no longer be able to insist a person has the card to access public services.

 

 



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